23 August 2017

This week our Penguin Island re-opened following work to improve the habitat. Updates include new  bigger viewing windows, state-of-the-art filtration systems in the pool and renewed nesting facilities.

Be sure to stop by and observe our Humbolt penguin colony, which have settled in nicely to their new habitat, race through the water. 

View the latest version of our map here to see which areas are closed…

As part of the ongoing developments, last year we opened three new animal habitats within Islands at Chester Zoo – which we hope you’ve had chance to explore! These developments continue the ‘always building’ philosophy of our founder, George Mottershead, who created the UK’s first zoo without bars and focused on animal wellbeing and conservation.

Malayan tapir was one of the species that moved to Islands

Last year we also announced our long term plans that will see us create new environments for the conservation of highly threatened species not currently at the zoo; and building on the success of our ground-breaking Islands habitats the remainder of the zoo will be sensitively transformed through the creation of large scale themed zones. 

Find more detail on our long term plans, here >

New habitats will be created species not currently at the zoo, including the western gorilla

We’re currently creating a Madagascan forest as part of ‘phase 2’ of the Madagascar area which is a huge project, transforming the existing ‘Europe on the Edge’ habitat and former tiger (and then sun bear) habitats in to an immersive walk through forest that will allow you to get closer to our lemurs than ever before. 

While this work is being undertaken, we will need to close a small area of the zoo, which can be seen on the latest map here. We promise it’ll be worth it and we’ll keep you posted with any new updates on our developments, the new animal habitats and provide you with an insight into what the new space will look like. Watch this space for more news.